April 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Call On Justice Department To Open Federal Criminal And Civil Rights Investigations Into Death Of Baltimore Resident Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open federal criminal and civil rights investigations into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. Mr. Gray, 25, died this past Sunday, a week after he was injured while in Baltimore Police custody.

 

“Freddie Gray’s family and the residents of the City of Baltimore deserve to know what happened to him while he was in police custody. We need answers,” the Members wrote. “While the vast majority of police officers act within the law to serve and protect their communities, incidents like this degrade the trust necessary to maintain the relationship between law enforcement and communities.  We urge the Department of Justice to swiftly conduct all necessary investigations. We need the facts to restore the public confidence in the Baltimore Police Department.” 

 

The letter to Attorney General Eric Holder follows:

 

April 21, 2015

 

The Honorable Eric Holder

Attorney General

United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20530

 

Dear Attorney General Holder:

 

We are deeply troubled by recent events in the City of Baltimore. As you know, Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, 25, died Sunday April 19, one week after he was injured while in Baltimore Police custody.

 

Freddie Gray’s family and the residents of the City of Baltimore deserve to know what happened to him while he was in police custody. We need answers.

 

While we support the efforts of the ongoing review into the policies and procedures of the Baltimore Police Department by the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, we request that the Department of Justice open a federal criminal and civil rights investigation into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. 

 

While the vast majority of police officers act within the law to serve and protect their communities, incidents like this degrade the trust necessary to maintain the relationship between law enforcement and communities.  We urge the Department of Justice to swiftly conduct all necessary investigations. We need the facts to restore the public confidence in the Baltimore Police Department. 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Benjamin L. Cardin

United States Senator

 

Barbara A. Mikulski

United States Senator

 

Elijah Cummings

Member of Congress

 

Dutch Ruppersberger

Member of Congress

 

John Sarbanes

Member of Congress

 

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